Bryant announces Rhode Island’s first fully online MBA degree offered by an AACSB-accredited institution
Aug 15, 2018

SMITHFIELD, RIBryant University has announced that the University will launch a fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program starting this winter—answering the national call for business leadership and continuing Bryant’s 155-year tradition of innovation and continuous evolution. The Bryant Professional MBA online is offered in addition to Bryant’s AACSB-accredited, on-campus two-year and one-year cohort MBA programs, and is available to individuals with five years of qualifying work experience.

“The Bryant Professional MBA online is an extension of Bryant’s world-class graduate business education."

Bryant has been a leader in the MBA arena for 50 years, and the Bryant Professional MBA online is Rhode Island’s first fully-online MBA from an AACSB-accredited institution. Bryant’s Graduate School of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1994, and the school has offered the Master of Business Administration degree since 1969. More than 6,300 Bryant alumni, who are distinguished leaders in organizations across the country and around the world, hold a Master’s Degree from Bryant’s prestigious graduate programs. Under the visionary leadership of Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley, Bryant has expanded both graduate and undergraduate programs, which are ranked among the nation’s finest.

“The Bryant Professional MBA online is an extension of Bryant’s world-class graduate business education,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL. M. “Our innovative MBA program will now be available to aspiring leaders from all over New England, and indeed, from around the world. The flexibility afforded by our Professional MBA is particularly attractive to the working professionals aspiring to advance within their chosen field or industry.”

The Bryant MBA Online program incorporates all of the hallmarks of the Bryant education — world-class faculty, innovation, technology, analytics, leadership, collaboration, global perspective, and invaluable and practical capstone experiences. Students will benefit from the same personal attention, resources, and award-winning facilities that distinguish all Bryant academic programs. In addition, every student in the program will have a dedicated academic success coach to help navigate the process, set priorities, stay on track and get the most out of the program.

“Bryant University’s business programs are consistently recognized and ranked among the very best in the country,” said Madan Annavarjula, Ph. D., Dean of Bryant’s College of Business. “The new Professional MBA online is just one example of how we continue to enhance and strengthen these programs to be aligned with industry needs and students’ professional aspirations.”

Designed for working professionals looking to advance in their careers, the new Bryant Professional MBA online will prepare graduates to enhance the performance of their organizations by building strategic leadership skills and knowledge. The schedule is flexible and self-paced, featuring five start times each year and no prescribed course sequence. Students may complete the 10-course program in as little as one year while working full-time and balancing personal commitments.

Bryant faculty will equip students with the analytical, technological, and interpersonal skills required to meet the challenges of working in a diverse and global marketplace. Through the Bryant Professional MBA online, students will develop an understanding of foundational business knowledge; learn how to apply this knowledge to evaluating, analyzing, and solving business problems; and develop expertise in combining values-based leadership decision-making with business problem-solving.

Program Overview

- The Bryant Professional MBA online will launch December 2018

- Only fully online MBA program in Rhode Island offered by an AACSB-accredited institution

- Students from around the U.S. and the world can enroll

- Flexible 10-course self-paced program with five start times each year, no prescribed sequence. Can be completed in one year while working full-time

- GMAT waiver with qualified work experience (work experience is expected)

- Tuition less than $22,000 ($2,150 per course plus $495 for Strategies for Success intro course)

- Applications will be accepted beginning August 15

To learn more about the Bryant MBA online or other graduate programs at Bryant, visit or contact Shaina Vandemoortele at (401) 232-6205 or by email to

For 155 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 53 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron's. Visit   

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